Track listing: Searchin’ For A Woman – Albert King | Bad Luck Blues – Albert King | So Close – Otis Rush | Callin’ For My Darlin’ – Albert King | I Can’t Stop – Otis Rush | Won’t Be Hangin’ Around – Albert King | I’m Satisfied – Otis Rush | All Your Love – Otis Rush | You Know My Love – Otis Rush | Merry Way – Albert King | Wild Women – Albert King | Murder – Albert King | So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush | California – Albert King
The only known photo of Rhythm Willie | Copyright control | tc493
One of the most famous harmonica players in blues music, until recently very little was known about Rhythm Willie. His name may have been William Hood. He is now understood to have been born on 15 September, probably in 1910. His first recording is dated September 14, 1939, for Decca. At the time he was a regular in Chicago’s DeLisa Club where he played with Billy Eckstine and Bertha Hill. On October 10, 1940 he did a session for Okeh Records in Chicago. Newspapers report that he appeared in Mexico before appearing at DeLisa’s.
Terry Timmons | Collection of Robert Pruter/Clemson/Copyright control | tc489
Singer Teresa Walker (Terry Timmons) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 12, 1927 and died on 3 August 1970, aged 43.
She was discovered by Paul Gayten and became a singer with his band. She moved to Chicago and became a singer with Memphis Slim’s band The Houserockers.
Thanks to Marc for finding the video.
King Solomon | Discogs | tc487
Sylvester Lee Melicious Solomon (King Solomon) was born in Louisiana on October 12, 1940. In the early ’50s he joined the Friendly Brothers Spiritual Quartet out of Jackson Mississippi.
He toured with B.B. King, Etta James and the Olympics, then in 1959 signed with Liberty in Los Angeles without success. He recorded ”Non – Support Blues” for the small “Ball” label which was leased to Checker for national distribution.
The gentleman’s current whereabouts are unknown: can anyone help, please?
Thanks to Marc for his research.
Little Sonny, Joe Von Battle, John Lee Hooker and Emmit Slay | Jacques Demetre, 1959 | tc568
Sunday Blues notes:
Vocalist/guitarist Emmit Slay was a member of Todd Rhodes’ Orchestra, where he recorded two records with Rhodes in Detroit in 1950. After two years with his own trio, Slay launched a solo career in 1953 recording ten sides for Savoy. Two sides for an unknown label were never issued in 1957. Eight recordings were made for Checker in 1958, but only two were released. Slay’s final two recordings were made for JVB in 1959.
No biographical data is known for this artist.
Only sketchy information is available about Earl Dranes. He was understood to be a Chicago based blues musician, playing guitar and organ (with his feet, according to the “Blues Encyclopaedia”!) who accompanied other blues singers including Arthur Big Boy Spires and Lazy Bill Lucas, also from Chicago.
Lazy Bill Lucas noted in the book “Worlds of Music” that in 1946 he, Dranes and Willie Mabon joined the local musicians’ union and became professional musicians.
By 1950 Mabon and Dranes were recording for Chess as “The Blues Rockers”.
No biographical details or photo located for this artist.
The Chess UK singles – one by one
This Extended Play record of four classic 1950s blues recordings was issued on Chess 6145011 in June 1972 with the EP sleeve titled “Genesis – The Beginnings of rock”.